Richard Grunn is an actor, artist, puppeteer, and teaching artist, who has performed and toured original shows at many festivals in the U.S., Ireland and the U. K. including the West Cork Literary Festival, Schull Arts Festival, Arundel Festival, and Edinburgh Fringe. In 2019 he received a Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) to perform his trash- constructed puppet circus Urbano’s Circus and the Monster of Garbage at the University Settlement in New York City. Some of his original solo shows include: Urbano’s Circus, Father Joiner’s Purgative Poetry Project, a poetry reading of several winsome, yet unlikely poets, and his most recent show, Good Medicine, a satirical history of America's great anti-satanic, scientific, and spiritual salesmen. He received a 2015 BRIO award for experimental film from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and in 2003 was awarded the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Theatre. Richard Grunn is a teaching artist for Sundog Theatre where he designed a drama-based literacy program, 3-D Literacy, which serves elementary and middle school students in the NYC schools. He has taught radio theater to visually impaired students at the Lighthouse Guild, and seniors for the past four years. He has been a LMCC SU-CASA recipient from 2015-2019.